June 9, 2023: Alfons Westgeest, common supervisor of EUROBAT, introduced on June 5 that he’ll step down and Gert Meylemans, former communications director, will take over.
Westgeest (pictured above), who tried to retire 4 years in the past however returned, has been a central determine in EUROBAT since his involvement in 2002 and is arguably the important thing creator of the present commerce group.
Westgeest, a well known and well-liked determine in all sections of the European vitality storage business, mentioned he loved his time at EUROBAT.
“Not solely was it enjoyable to construct and strengthen the group however we achieved actual success in serving to to affect the course of battery regulation throughout the EU.”
Marc Zoellner, president of EUROBAT and CEO of Hoppecke Batteries, in a transferring speech on the convention dinner, paid tribute to Westgeest’s unwavering dedication to constructing EUROBAT and its members.
“I’ll actually miss him and thank him for the great work he did,” he mentioned.
Meylemans (proper), who joined EUROBAT in August 2018, mentioned he had a tricky act to observe however “hopes to proceed constructing on the great work Alfons has achieved”.
EUROBAT – the affiliation for European automotive and industrial battery producers and provide chains in EMEA – was fashioned in 1957 and was initially based mostly in Switzerland.
Nevertheless it was when it moved to Brussels on the flip of the century that it turned the lobbying and commerce physique it’s at this time.
EUROBAT is owned by the commerce administration affiliation Kellen. Westgeest turned a board member of Kellen Europe for world improvement in 2022.
Previous to EUROBAT, Westgeest was the founding and managing companion of Ernst & Younger’s affiliation administration follow in 1988 in Brussels. He joined EY in 1981 and left the agency in 2004.
This yr’s EUROBAT common meeting and conference was held on June 6-7 in Madrid. The following conferences can be held on June 4-5, 2024 in Brussels.